A bear killed a deer, because it was hungry. Normal behavior, of course; that’s what bears do. The difference, in this case, is that it did so in someone’s back yard – right in the middle of Colorado Springs suburbia.
WARNING: The video is VERY graphic, both visually and audibly. Don’t play this near small kids or those who are squeamish.
What’s astonished me about that video is not the fact that it happened so close to human habitation – it’s the response from the special snowflake brigade. I’ve seen comments in some quarters about how cruel the bear was, and how the bear should have been shot to save the deer, and how evil it is that a living being should have to be food for another, and so on and so on. (Miss D. tells of an adult acquaintance who had an absolute full-on hysterical meltdown in the middle of a supermarket after being informed that yes, beef does come from what she still, as an adult, called “moo-cows”!)
What is wrong with us, that we don’t bring up our kids to realize that this is NORMAL? Our nice, soft, fluffy domestic cats kill small animals and birds like this day in, day out. Deer become prey at least several thousand times every day in this country, to predators that include ourselves (using vehicles and/or guns). We nice, civilized humans don’t often kill our meat ourselves – we outsource the tasks to slaughterhouses and butcheries, where it’s done in a “sanitized” manner; but it’s killing nonetheless. In Africa, where I was born and raised, humans all too often end up on the menu of something bigger, stronger and faster than they are – lions, leopards, crocodiles, hippo and the like. The tiny mosquito probably kills more people every year than all other animals and insects put together – and it does so by feeding on us, just as that bear fed on that deer!
Now and again nature slaps us in the face with the reminder that it really is “red in tooth and claw“, and most living things, plant or animal, will end up as food for something else. That’s the natural order of things. Animals don’t retire on pension at the end of a long and happy life, to die peacefully in their beds! Almost all of them will die of disease, or starvation, or by being killed and eaten. It’s always been that way, and it always will.
The sooner we start reminding the special snowflakes among us of that reality, the better. As it is, they’re not grounded in reality at all, be it in connection with food and drink, or the way the world works in general. They think the world is unicorn farts and rainbows. That’s why they keep hurting themselves when they run headlong into reality. The problem is, when that happens, they try to pass laws that proclaim the world really is unicorn farts and rainbows – or it will be, if the rest of us will just do as they say. When that doesn’t work, they don’t blame the world. They blame us, for not trying hard enough, and pass more laws to try to force us to remake the world as they want it to be.
Ain’t gonna happen. Reality doesn’t work that way.